A video session with hitting coach Kevin Long yesterday unearthed a major flaw in Brett Gardner‘s mechanics that resulted in the left-handed hitting outfielder coming up too much.
“He is not trying to lift the ball at all, it has more to do with what he is not doing with the lower half,” Long said of the ice-cold Gardner, who wasn’t in the lineup against lefty Matt Harrison in last night’s 5-3 loss to the Rangers at the Stadium. “He isn’t using the lower half. And he is looking at pitches and expanding the zone more than usual. He has been feeling for his swing.”
Long is a big believer in hitters using the lower half of their bodies to drive through pitches.
Looking at tape yesterday with Gardner he discovered Gardner could be doing more with his legs.
“He has been swinging with his upper body,” Long said. “He isn’t using the lower half. And he is looking at pitches and expanding the zone more than usual. He has been feeling for his swing.”
With another lefty pitching today it is likely that Gardner will sit again. In the meantime hopefully the Yankees can get him right because when he’s on base he is a real catalyst with his speed. So far he’s really struggling though, hitting just .150 with a lowly .452 OPS. Hopefully Long really did notice something and it gets fixed soon.